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One Lego man goes to space
Lego 3367 Lego City: Space Shuttle
Member Name: KLockwood75
Lego 3367 Lego City: Space Shuttle
Advantages: Simple instructions, fun to build, gives a sense of achievement
Disadvantages: Telescope extending arm is hard to retract, playability is limited without other sets
* Construction *
As with all Lego, the most important element is the building. The Lego City Space Shuttle comes in two plastic bags, clearly labelled as 1 and 2. I think this is important, as the instructions clearly indicate which bag should be used first which means that a child doesn't have all the pieces laid out at once. This makes it much simpler to search and easily identify the pieces that they need. The instruction booklet is clearly laid out in the style that you would expect from a Lego set. The construction phase progresses through simple steps, starting with the astronaut and the Hubble Space Telescope, before moving on to the space shuttle itself. Assuming a child is already familiar with the concept of following Lego building instructions, the pictures are very simple to follow and no reading is required. My six year old was confident in building the whole of the space shuttle himself - it took him about 45 minutes from start to finish, and I only had to assist with a couple of the more tricky bits that required more dexterity than he possesses. I feel that Lego building is fantastic for encouraging fine motor skills and the ability to follow instructions to create the finished model, and this was definitely the right level of challenge for my six year old. It was complicated enough to give him a sense of achievement when he had completed it but, at the same time, simple enough for him to do by himself without getting frustrated. In my experience, this is a balance that can be difficult to strike for a child of that age.
* Finished Model and Playability *
The finished space shuttle looks very impressive. You can open the top of the shuttle and extend the Hubble Telescope on a long yellow arm, and then fold it back down again. You can also open the top to get the astronaut in and out, and position the astronaut on the platform to carry out his work in space. The only minor niggle I have with this is that it is difficult to extend / retract the arm that holds the telescope without knocking out other Lego bricks, although this is very easily fixed. In terms of playability, I think it is very much down to the individual child. Obviously if you have the Lego City sets that directly relate to this product (the three other sets in this range are the Lunar Exploration Vehicle, the Satellite Launch Pad and the Space Centre), the possibilities for creative play are going to be enhanced. On its own, the space shuttle looks good and will entertain my son for a few minutes, but it is not likely to keep him amused for a substantial period of time. However, he will also incorporate the space shuttle into other games, including making imaginary space stations from his sets of basic Lego blocks and base plates, or making it crash and sending the fire engine rushing to the rescue. I have my suspicions that it will be soon be piloted by Luke Skywalker instead of the astronaut and be rushing off to a galaxy far far away to do battle with the Stormtroopers.
* Cost / Value for Money *
The RRP for this set is £26.00 but it is currently available for £19.99 on Amazon. This is relatively good value for money in comparison with some of the other sets as Lego does tend to be fairly expensive. The quality is very good though and I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for.
* Final Thoughts *
I would recommend this product as my son really enjoyed building it. I felt that the relative simplicity of such a big set really boosted his confidence in building, and he was immediately asking to build something else without needing any real adult intervention. I do think the playability would be enhanced by additional sets around the space theme as the shuttle fits in less with the 'City' theme than any of the other sets we have, but it is a lovely toy in its own right. For me, the most important thing was the enjoyment and satisfaction that my son got from building it. In addition, as with all Lego sets, the blocks can always be integrated into a larger collection for freestyle building in future, which enhances the value for money of this toy. Overall, I would give it four stars as, much as my son enjoyed building it, I would still have some concerns about how much it will actually be played with, plus the telescope retraction issue is a bit annoying.
Summary: Another success story from Lego
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